Let Us Welcome You !!

  I know what it’s like to be a newcomer to a church. I didn’t think I’d know anyone there, and I didn’t know what to do. So, I wanted to help you out by giving you a general idea about what you might expect when you come to Spirit Lake United Methodist Church.

If you can, you might want to come a few minutes early to find your way. You’ll find parking on the west side of the church in the middle of the block between 19th and 18th Streets. Some folks park along 19th Street or on Gary Avenue. We also have a church parking lot on the southwest corner of 19th and Gary. 

Many people come into the church through the doors on the west side of the church. Some folks come from the Gary Avenue side, there is also an entrance on the south side off of 19th Street. Just follow the people or the signs pointing to the sanctuary.

The 8:30 worship service is more traditional, with the service printed in the bulletin (program), music by the organ, and special music by the church choirs. But don’t worry about how you’ll follow along – everything is also on the screens in the front of the sanctuary. You’ll see some people dressed up for this service, but there are also many people who come dressed more informally. The pastor and Chancel Choir generally wear robes from September thru May.  The Chancel Choir sings throughout the whole year, including the summer, which is a treat!  We utilize power point and video clips regularly in both worship services.

The 10:30 worship service features a "praise band" that plays up-tempo, contemporary music that encourages the congregation to sing along with the praise team.  This service has a very casual, informal feel to it that those who attend really enjoy.

Which ever service you attend, you’ll be warmly welcomed, but you can come, listen, absorb, and leave without feeling any pressure.

If you have young children with you they are certainly welcome to stay with you during worship. Some parents find their young children are more content in the church nursery (to say nothing about the parents being able to participate in worship more fully!). There are signs on the walls pointing to the nursery, and someone will be at the nursery door to tell you about how it works. If you need help finding the nursery, please feel free to ask one of the people who greet you at the doors, or a church usher at the doors to the sanctuary.

After the 8:30 worship service we have a coffee fellowship hour. You are welcome to stay and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie or baked treat. If you are interested in a Sunday school class for yourself or your children, please ask one of the folks in the welcome center which is located close to the entrance, following worship for details. 
I hope this overview and the rest of our website helps you to get to know us a little better. We look forward to sharing your faith journey with you. 

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